Hungary is above all known for its splendid capital, often called the "Pearl of the Danube", Budapest, that is so popular with tourists on short breaks. However, few venture further beyond its green hillsides. And yet... Hungary's other towns and cities, steeped in charm, are more than worth the trip, among which the prestigious Pécs for its museums, Mediterranean allure and sparkling wine, or Baroque Eger, for the staggering wealth of its diocesan library. More modest but equally picturesque, the country is scattered with villages whose unpaved lanes are lined in wooden churches and whitewashed, thatched-roof cottages. As you travel through the country, you will cross the largest steppes of central Europe in Hortobágy National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Here you can go for long horse rides, admire the sheep dogs at work or indulge in bird watching. You may however prefer a dip in the emerald water of Lake Balaton on the authentic historic peninsula of Tihany. Hungary offers a sightseeing programme whose diversity is as wide as its seven varieties of paprika!